A NEW scheme aimed at developing and increasing outdoor seating capacity for hospitality businesses in Waterford is to be delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and Waterford City & County Council.
Funding allocated under the scheme will enable Local Authorities to develop permanent outdoor public dining spaces in towns and urban centres across the country, similar to those already in place across various European cities.
“Developing outdoor dining and socialising spaces will help to improve the vibrancy of our towns across Waterford and bring them more in line with the European model,” said Senator John Cummins (FG).
Part one of the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme is open to individual tourism and hospitality businesses including hotels, cafes, restaurants and attractions where food is sold for consumption on the premises.
They can apply for a grant of up to €4,000 (up to 75% of the ex-VAT cost of equipment purchased/installed). Costs for outdoor tables, chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens, windbreaks, plant stands and wooden platforms will be covered under the Scheme.
Expenditure must be incurred between April 1 2020 and September 30 2021 and the scheme will open for applications on April 12th 2021 through Local Authority websites.
Said Senator Cummins: “It will enable individual tourism and hospitality businesses to increase their dining and seating capacity in the short-term and will also create a long-term strategy for our local authority to develop appropriate, permanent, weatherproofed outdoor dining infrastructure in Waterford.”
He concluded: “This will support jobs and businesses and transform appropriate outdoor spaces across our county as welcoming, vibrant places that will help support economic recovery.”